Shawn Mendes, Kesha, Rihanna Among "TIME"'s Most Influential People 2018 

Brian ZiffTIME magazine has unveiled its annual list of Most Influential People, and among those people are Shawn Mendes, Kesha, Rihanna and Cardi B.

Each artist is the subject of an essay by a fellow star. For Rihanna, it's Adele who did the honors.

Adele describes  Rihanna as "the most gracious, loyal and funny goofball of an icon," adding, "She glows like when someone’s taken a picture with a flash and you’re dazed for a few minutes after....she’s fearless and full of all the right kind of attitude to be everything that she is and will be forever."

Shawn's pal John Mayer writes about him, "The more undeniable a heartthrob he becomes, the more he insists on staying grounded. He knows that music is good shelter from its own associated nonsense, and his devotion to his craft is exactly why people twice his age are welcoming him into their lives and playlists."

'80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper writes about Kesha, "[She] spoke out against sexual harassment and assault long before the #MeToo movement...and nearly lost her career as a result....thanks to Kesha and other women who have stood up for themselves to demand justice and fairness, we are starting to turn a new page."

As for Cardi, Taraji P. Henson writes, "When you are cool with who you are, no one can use it against you. I identify with Cardi B, because she knows that too...she talked openly about being a former stripper. And she was proud of it -- like, 'So what, I was on the pole, look what I parlayed that into.' When she showed her soul like that, I hit the 'Follow' button."

Both Shawn and Jennifer Lopez, who also made the list, will perform at the 2018 TIME 100 gala on April 24.

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Watch now: Ringo Starr releases video for "Give More Love"; announces Peace & Love birthday celebration plans

Denise Truscello/WireImageRingo Starr's most recent album, Give More Love, has been out since last September, but we've just now been treated to a video for the title track.

Released Thursday, the mostly black-and-white video shows Ringo and members of his All-Starr Band performing the song, interspersed with color footage of photos and videos contributed by fans in response to Ringo's #GiveMoreLove call last November to be a part of the video.  "Give More Love" is streaming now on YouTube.

Ringo also revealed plans for his 10th annual Peace & Love birthday celebration July 7.  Since 2008, Ringo -- who will turn 78 this year -- has called on fans around the world to pause at noon local time on July 7 and wish someone peace and love, or share the #peaceandlove hashtag on social media.  The around-the-world celebration began in 2008 at Chicago's Hard Rock Cafe.  This year, it'll begin at the Hard Rock in Nice, France, where Ringo will be on tour.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for, then Peace & Love," Ringo says in a statement.  "I was blown away last year with how far this idea keeps spreading... So here we are 10 years later and it keeps growing"

Ringo and his All-Starr band begin the European leg of their latest tour June 6 in Paris, wrapping up July 11 in Rome.  After a break, they hit the road in the U.S. for 20 fall dates, beginning September 1 in Tulsa through September 29 in Los Angeles.  You can check out the full itinerary at

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Marilyn Manson says he was "banned" from Coachella 

David Wolff - Patrick/RedfernsMarilyn Manson is performing at Coachella this weekend with Japanese metal band X Japan, and it will apparently be a momentous occasion for the famed shock rocker. According to Manson, he was actually banned from the California festival.

"I never thought I would play at a festival I was banned from," Manson tweeted.

While he doesn't offer any explanation for his exile, it's not too difficult to imagine a scenario that would've gotten Marilyn Manson banned from Coachella.

Manson will take the stage with X Japan this Saturday, April 21.

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"Call your congressman!": Reba needs YOU to make the "Reba" reboot happen

ABC/Image Group LA The campaign for a Reba reboot continues, and Reba McEntire wants your help to make it happen.

"Call your congressman!" Reba joked backstage at Sunday's ACM Awards.

"I don't know what's gonna happen," she went on. "I've been trying to get a reboot ever since we left. We had so many more stories to tell. So I hope we get to work it out. I hope it happens."

With shows like RoseanneWill & Grace, and Murphy Brown all enjoying a second life, Reba's 2001-2006 sitcom is another show many fans would like to see come back.

The most recent talk of a Reba reunion came last month, when Reba reunited with co-stars Melissa Peterman and Christopher Rich -- aka Barbra Jean and Brock -- at the annual Celebrity Fight Night fundraiser.

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Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Forty years ago this week, this super-successful album of standards by Willie Nelson was released. Can you name this record, which went on on to sell more than five-million copies? ANSWER: Stardust.

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Bruno Mars pays tribute to late wrestling legend who inspired his stage name: "He was such a gentleman" 

Kai Z. FengLegendary wrestler Bruno Sammartino passed away yesterday at age 82, and now his namesake is paying tribute to him.

Bruno Mars, whose dad nicknamed him "Bruno" after Sammartino, tweeted, "Sending love and prayers to Bruno Sammartino’s family. He was such a gentleman when I met him & really meant a lot to my father & I. RIP."  Bruno was born Peter Gene Hernandez.

Last August, the singer met the wrestler backstage in Pittsburgh. He posted a photo with him on Instagram, writing, “I was nicknamed after this professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino. Tonight in Pittsburgh I had the honor of meeting him!”

In the pic, Mars is smiling proudly while holding one of Sammartino’s championship belts.

After the encounter, Sammartino told Sports Illustrated's Extra Mustard column, "I was told he really wanted to meet me. So we arranged for a meeting, and I must tell you, even though he is a popular fellow, I am not really familiar with him."

He added, though, "When we met in person, I was extremely impressed. He seemed so humble and was so very respectful. He called up his father, who was ecstatic that his son met Bruno Sammartino, and I brought a replica of my [championship] belt to give to his dad."

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"The Voice" recap: The top 12 artists are revealed

NBC/Trae PattonThe live playoffs concluded on Wednesday night’s one-hour episode of The Voice, with the announcement of the top twelve artists:

Team Blake Shelton: America sent Pryor Baird to the next round, joining Kyla Jade, who advanced on Monday. Spensha Baker, who was saved by Blake, also advanced.

Team Kelly Clarkson: America sent Caleb Lee, to the next round, joining Brynn Cartelli, who advanced on Monday. D.R. King, who was saved by Kelly, also advanced.

Team Alicia Keys: America sent Jackie Foster to the next round, joining Britton Buchanan, who advanced on Monday. Christiana Danielle, who was saved by Alicia, also advanced.

Team Adam Levine: America sent Rayshun LaMarr to the next round, joining Sharane Calister, who advanced on Monday. Jackie Verna, who was saved by Adam, also advanced.

Earlier, artists from Kelly and Adam’s teams performed for a spot in the top 12. Blake and Alicia’s teams performed on Tuesday.

First up were the five members of Team Kelly:

Country singer Caleb Lee kicked things off with his version of Thomas Rhett’s "Die a Happy Man." He was followed by 18-year-old Alexa Cappelli covering OneRepublic’s "Stop and Stare"; D.R. King with Anderson East’s "All on My Mind"; and Dylan Hartigan with his take on "Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Tish Haynes Keys closed things out for Team Kelly, tackling Etta James’ “At Last.”

Team Adam’s five artists followed:

Reid Umstattd led off with The Hollies’ “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress.” He was followed by Jackie Verna, with her rendition of Maren Morris’ “Once”; Drew Cole, putting his stamp on The Rolling Stones classic, “Wild Horses”; and Mia Boostrom, tackling Chris Stapleton’s “Either Way.” Rayshun LaMarr wrapped up Team Adam’s performances with an energetic performance of Mary J. Blige’s “I’m Going Down.”

The Voice returns Monday night with the Top 12 performing at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.


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Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Three-time CMA Musician of the Year Randy Scruggs died Tuesday at the age of 64, after a short illness. Born the son of bluegrass pioneer Earl Scruggs, Randy went on to be instrumental in the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken albums, and win multiple Grammys on his own. He wrote Deana Carter's hit "We Danced Anyway," among others.

AXS TV will celebrate the 85th birthday of Willie Nelson by devoting a large block of its programming to the icon. It starts Saturday, April 28 at 1 p.m. ET with The Big Interview with Dan Rather, and wraps with the 10 p.m. showing of Willie Nelson: Live at Billy Bob's Texas.

If you missed Florida Georgia Line performing their smash hit "Meant to Be" with Bebe Rexha on Wednesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, you can catch it online.

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I've got you, "Babe": How Sugarland's new Taylor Swift song came together 

ABC/Image Group LA Any day now, we should get to hear the new collaboration between Sugarland and Taylor Swift.

Taylor co-wrote the song, called "Babe," which appears on the duo's upcoming Bigger album, and she sings on it as well.

It turns out Sugarland and the worldwide pop/country superstar go way back, and it sounds like Taylor's a big fan.

"She reached out," Jennifer Nettles explains. "We've obviously known each other for many years. When she was just getting started, we had just had our first little EP out called Premium Quality Tunes. She still has a copy of it that we signed for her whenever we played a couple shows together."

Once Taylor found out Jennifer and Kristian Bush were coming back together after taking some time to focus on their solo projects, she pitched the duo the track.

"She was excited we were getting back together," Jennifer continues, "and reached out and said, 'Hey! I have a song.' And that is a short list, ladies and gentlemen, of people to whom she has said, 'Hey! I have a song. Want to sing it?' So we said, 'Yeah!'"

Up until last week, the collaboration was a closely-guarded secret. Kristian explains why.

"We've really never put a song by anybody else on any of our records," he points out. "So, you know, we weren't really used to kind of sorting through that, and we didn't want to mess it up... So we didn't tell anybody about it, until we got finished."

"And she liked it, thank God..." he laughs. "Because it's a good song."

Backstage at Sunday's ACM Awards, Jennifer revealed that "Babe" is "dropping next week." Sugarland's full album, Bigger, arrives June 8.

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As parents, Pink says she and her husband are trying "not to create two monsters"

Courtesy PEOPLEPink and her two children Willow and Jameson grace the cover of People magazine's new "Beautiful" issue.  She tells PeopleTV that she and her husband Carey Hart are working hard to raise their children the right the hopes that they won't turn out to be "monsters."

"Carey, my husband, is meat and potatoes, he's a caveman, y'know, he's old school..." Pink explains. "But he's also very respectful and very fair and very aware and very in touch with himself, very gentle with his daughter.  But he wants her to be tough, and I want Jameson to be allowed to be sensitive."

"So I think between the two of us," she adds, "we'll try not to create two monsters!" 

But Pink admits the hardest part of being a parent is that "you never know if anything you're doing is working."  She laughs, "I feel like I'm nailing it. In my head, I sound amazing! And then I turn around and [Willow's] eyes are completely glazed over and she wasn't listening to the part where I nailed it."

But though Willow doesn't always listen, Pink has shared some important lessons with the six-and-a-half year old.

"I always tell Willow, 'I'm gonna teach you the rules so you'll know when and how to break them,'" she reveals. "'I didn't make the rules. I break them in my way. I follow some. Some are good!  But you create your world.'"

And above all, Pink says, "I tell my daughter the truth. I want her to be six...but I want her to know...that you have to fight for your rights. And that sometimes girls aren't treated the same, and they have to work harder for everything."

You can read more about Pink in the new issue of People magazine.

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Check out the sum of Jussie Smollett's music on his summer tour

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaJussie Smollett is hitting the road in support of his debut album, Sum of My Music

The singer and Empire star's Sum of My Music tour will kick off in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai on April 20. 

Jussie will also make stops in several cities in Europe and the U.S. before wrapping things up in New Orleans at the Essence Festival on July 7. 

A portion of the tour's proceeds will go towards The Black Aids Institute and Flint Kids.  

Sum of My Music was released in March. Jussie says in a statement that with his debut album, he "released just a piece of who I am."

"Now that people have heard it, felt it and had a chance to vibe with it, I want to bring the love directly to the people. I can't wait to perform for you," he adds. 

"Music has always been my heart. Something I can always and will always create."

Tuesday, Jussie unveiled the music video for his third single "Hurt People." 

The visual, shot in South Africa, was inspired by late political leader Nelson Mandela and shows Jussie and an all-black South African labor force leading a revolution, all in the name of love.  

Here's the list of Jussie's Sum of My Music tour dates: 

4/20 -- Dubai, United Arba Emirates, Gotha Club 
5/7 -- Cologne, Germany, Luxor 
5/8 -- Frankfurt, Germany, Zoom 
5/9 -- Berlin, Germany, Lido 
5/10 -- Cannes, France, VIP Room 
5/17 -- Oakland, CA, Complex 
5/19 -- Long Beach, CA, Long Beach Pride Festival 
5/20 -- Santa Ana, CA, Constellation Room 
5/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Roxy 
5/25 -- Philadelphia, PA, Coda 
5/26 -- Washington, DC, U Street 
5/27 -- New York, NY, SOB's 
5/29 -- Atlanta, GA, The Masquerade (Hell) 
6/1 -- Houston, TX, Satellite Bar 
6/2 -- Austin, TX, Empire Control Room 
6/3 -- Dallas, TX, Deep Ellum Art Co 
6/5 -- St. Louis, MI, Old Rock House 
6/8 -- Cleveland, OH, Grog Shop 
6/9 -- Milwaukee, WI, Milwaukee Pride Festival 
6/10 -- Chicago, IL, Subterranean 
6/12 -- Detroit, MI, El Club 
7/7 -- New Orleans, LA, Essence Festival  

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Hey Maynard James Keenan, any update on the new Tool album? "There isn't anything" 

Credit: Tim CadienteAnother day, another cryptic update about the new Tool album.

During an interview with Rolling Stone at Coachella last weekend, frontman Maynard James Keenan, who was playing the festival with his band A Perfect Circle, was asked if he had "anything you want to say about Tool." The enigmatic band has been working on the much-anticipated follow-up to 2006's 10,000 Days.

"There isn't anything," Keenan responded. "I'm just waiting. I'm done. When they're ready, I will be ready."

The "they" in question are the other three members of Tool: guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor. The trio has been working on the instrumentals for the new album, while Keenan has been writing lyrics.

If you want to ask Tool about the new album yourself, you can attend one of the band's upcoming series of  "music clinics," which begins May 11 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The events will feature Jones, Chancellor and Carey speaking about their recording process, and will include an open Q&A session. In between, Tool will headline the Northern Invasion and Rock on the Range festivals.

Meanwhile, Keenan and A Perfect Circle will play Coachella again this weekend, and they'll release their new album, Eat the Elephant, this Friday, April 20.

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Maren Morris says message of "The Middle" is "what people want so desperately"

Nick Walker"The Middle," Maren Morris' hit collaboration with Zedd and Grey, sounds like a typical upbeat dance song about love, but Maren feels that it's also a reflection of what our society needs at this moment in time.

"I related to it so much, not so much like the vocal, but the meaning behind the song and especially at such a crazy time right now," she tells ABC Radio. "Just politically, the world is just, it feels very divisive."

"I feel like the song 'The Middle,' like, 'Why don't you just meet me in the middle?' is such a great message for right now and I think that's what people want so desperately," she adds.

Maren's also happy that "The Middle" can be enjoyed on more than one level.

She explains, "I loved that the song could pertain to a relationship and also, like, how we feel, just as people, right now in America." 

"The Middle" is currently #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Maren can also be heard on Restoration, one of two recently released albums of Elton John cover songs, performing his classic tune "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters."  On June 1, she'll kick off four months of dates as a special guest on Niall Horan's tour.

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The Kinks' Dave Davies say he has plans to get together with his brother Ray to "try and work on some stuff"

Credit: Al PereiraMany Kinks fans probably have given up hope that the band's historically quarrelsome Davies siblings, Ray and Dave, will collaborate together again, but Dave tells ABC Radio that he has eventual plans to meet with his brother to discuss a possible new project.

"Me and Ray spoke a couple of months back, and I'm going to go back to the U.K. at some point…I'm not sure exactly when," reveals Dave, whose current U.S. solo tour winds down this Saturday, April 21, with a show in Medina, Minnesota. "And we're going to get together and try and work on some stuff. So we're getting along all right."

Regarding his most recent conversation with Ray, Dave says, "We talked about making some sort of video and performance, or, like, streaming. And we talked about refurbishing some old Kinks songs that we could mess around with and maybe turn them into something. [I]t's a few alternatives that we got in mind."

Dave tells ABC Radio that he wouldn't mind if he and Ray revisited the demos of four or five song ideas they worked on a few years ago.

"I still got them on my computer," he points out. "I go back to them now and again, [and think,] 'Hmm, could be good.' So it's not over till it's over."

Having said that, the 70-year-old guitarist notes that both he and his older brother remain busy with their own solo projects.

Dave's tour finale on Saturday will feature an opening set by Joey Molland's Badfinger. He also has a show tonight, April 19, in Waukegan, Illinois, with supporting act The Smithereens. That band will feature guest singer Robin Wilson of The Gin Blossoms stepping in for late frontman Pat DiNizio, who died in December at age 62.

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Oh happy "Starboy" day: The Weeknd to release digital version of comic book Thursday 

Image Group LA/ABCIt looks like fans won't have to wait much longer to read The Weeknd's debut Marvel comic book. 

On Wednesday, the "Pray For Me" singer tweeted that a special online edition of The Weeknd Presents: Starboy - Vol. I - Issue 1 will arrive on Thursday.  

He also shared a few images from the pages of the comic book, which features a fictional version of the singer as the hero Starboy.

As previously reported, The Weeknd Presents: Starboy centers around a fictional city called Alphatron, which is in the grip of a crime wave led by a villainous cannibal named Jack "The Chef" Smiley. 

Starboy eventually goes up against Smiley in order to save the day. 

The "Earned It" star is listed as co-writer of Starboy, which is based on the singer's hit single of the same name. 

He announced the comic on Twitter before his appearance at New York Comic Con last year.  

The physical version of The Weeknd Presents: Starboy - Vol. I - Issue 1 arrives June 13.  

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Travis Barker auctioning off prized 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible 

ABC/Alycia MonacoTravis Barker is parting ways with piece of his car collection. The Blink-182 drummer is auctioning off his prized 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible.

"I had 15 beautiful years with this car but it's time to say goodbye," says Barker. "Hope somebody enjoys her as much as I did."

If you're interested in bidding, visit

In other Travis Barker happenings, the drummer recently spent some time with the band I Prevail. Vocalist Brian Burkheiser posted a Facebook photo of Barker alongside the "Lifelines" rockers, fueling speculation that the musicians could be working together on new music.

Meanwhile, Barker and the rest of Blink-182 are launching their 16-show Kings of the Weekend Las Vegas residency in May.

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Collect all five! NYC subway offering Bowie-branded MetroCards

Gijsbert Hanekroot/RedfernsMost New York City visitors, and even some locals, avoid taking the subway, but now the city's Transit Authority's provided a swell reason for you to give it a try.

For a limited time, you can buy David Bowie-branded MetroCards -- the pre-paid plastic cards you swipe at the turnstile to ride the subway.  There are five being offered, each featuring a photo of one of Bowie's trademark personas: Bowie at the beginning, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke, and Bowie as a clown from 1980's "Ashes to Ashes" video.  Sadly, there's no Goblin King card.

You can just buy them all in one go, however.  Firstly, they're only available at two stations, at Broadway-Lafayette and Bleecker St. -- look them up on Google Maps.  And secondly, they'll be dispensed randomly at booths and vending machines.  Given that they sell for a minimum $6.50 a pop -- that's two subway rides -- you could spend some serious cash trying to collect all five.

If you want yours, you better hurry: only 250,000 will be distributed.  If you don't live in New York City, it's time to cozy up to a pal who does.

The promotion's not only to honor Bowie, who was a New York City resident, but also to promote the David Bowie Is touring exhibit, currently at the Brooklyn Museum.  FYI, that's where the MetroCard images came from.

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Kacey Musgraves' "Golden Hour" dawns on "Saturday Night Live"

MCA NashvilleIt’ll be Golden Hour on Saturday Night Live next month, as Kacey Musgraves is the musical guest on one of the final new episodes of the season.

Kacey will perform new music from her third studio album, Golden Hour, on the May 12 show. Comedian Amy Schumer, who’s promoting her new movie I Feel Pretty, will host.

SNL wraps its 43rd season the following week, with host Tina Fey and musical guest Nicki Minaj. You can catch the show Saturday nights at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Daddy Kane and the Juice Crew, Eric B. and more to appear at "Yo! MTV Raps" concert

Courtesy of MTVWith the success of MTV's TRL reboot, the network has decided to revive another classic MTV staple: the pioneering hip-hop show Yo! MTV Raps.

The network announced on Wednesday that it's throwing an epic hip-hop concert on June 1 in celebration of the original show's 30th Anniversary. 

The event, entitled Yo! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience, will take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, with an impressive line-up that includes some of the notable stars who were featured on the series.

The lineup includes Daddy Kane and the Juice CrewEric B. and RakimDoug E. FreshKRS-Oneand Boogie Down ProductionsEPMDFlavor FlavMelle Mel & The Furious Five, the PharcydeBrand NubianNice And SmoothOnyxBlack SheepDas EFXSpecial EdYo-Yo, Kid Capri, and Young Black Teenagers.

Hosts from the series will also be present, including the legendary Fab 5 FreddyEd LoverDoctor Dré, and T-Mone and DJs SkribbleRed Alert, and Chuck Chillout.

The event, which will be livestreamed on MTV, will also include special tribute videos from EminemMethod ManRedman, and more.

Tickets to the Yo! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience show go on sale this Saturday, April 21 at noon ET. 

For information on tickets go to and

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Three Days Grace feels they're "not worthy" of tying Van Halen's chart record

RCA RecordsThree Days Grace earned their 13th number one single on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart last month thanks to their track "The Mountain." That feat tied the record for the most number one songs on the tally, which was set by the one and only Van Halen.

Speaking with Billboard, drummer Neil Sanderson says the band had "no idea that we were even in the mix with those legends," and insists they're "not worthy" of the comparison.

"They're idols of ours, particularly [guitarist] Barry [Stock] is a massive Van Halen fan," Sanderson says. "I'm pretty sure that I have seen a picture of Barry wearing spandex back in the day."

"I think it might have been chaps, but I'm not quite sure," he laughs.

As for the achievement itself, Sanderson says he and the rest of Three Days Grace "don't get too wrapped in statistics," but he is honored by the continued support from radio stations and fans.

"We're out there and meeting a lot of fans and people involved in radio, some of these stations are old-school stations that have been around forever and still have that passion for rock, and you get to meet these people," Sanderson says.

"In that way it's cool because all of those people are backing us, and Three Days Grace becomes a band that rock stations do want to continue to play."

"The personal part of it is really cool," he adds. "It means a lot to us for sure."

"The Mountain" is the lead single from Three Days Grace's new album, Outsider.

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